Books That Hollywood Must Convert Into Movies
There is nothing better than a great film adaption of one of your favorite books. Seeing all the imaginative characters come to a life of screen, directed by someone who shares your vision for the story is pure magic.
Many of Hollywood’s richest ideas start as books. Books transforming to movies are the best way for filmmakers to reinterpret another work of art into a different medium and often make for some of the best movies of all time.
And during a time when diversity in front of and behind the camera is sorely needed, the books can be a great resource for stories from voices that we need to hear.
But it is not that every book should be a movie. Here is a list of books that have a higher chance to feature into movies.
Some of them are neglected classes, some of them are imperfect but could soar the global market with the right interpretation.
There are cases of a great story waiting out to be shared on the big screen.
10 Books That Hollywood Should Convert Into Movies
1. We were the lucky ones by Georgia Hunter
Hunter was a teenager when she discovered her family is holocaust survivors. It is the result of years and years of research about her family and where they came from. All at once- from tragic, hopeful, depressing, and ultimately uplifting, the story of the extended Kurc family. The family who become scattered across the world as World War 2 ravages, will stick with you for a long time and makes it perfect for an epic film. In 2018, Thomas Kail optioned the film for a TV series, but have been no updates on the matter.
2. Go set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Harper Lee’s Ham-handed sequel or an earlier draft to ‘To kill A Mockingbird’ is exactly the type of book that can be transformed and could come alive with another artist’s interpretation. With the right director and actor, it could make a great film that finds nuances in Atticus Finch. The movies if set on the flawed book would need the permission of Tonja Carter, the lawyer who runs Lee’s estate, which in turn could prove difficult.
3. The secret history by Donna Tartt
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt caries all the attention while thinking of transforming the novel to the big screen. Her Debut novel holds a place that can be targeting. It has the most potential & is sort of a murder mystery about a clique of students at a small New England college obsessed with Greek philosophy who push the bounds of their learning when they start integrating some of its lessons into their own lives.
4. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
McQuiston’s beloved debut novel is an adorable love story between America’s first son, Alex, and the prince of England, Henry. There is a severe shortage of LGBTQ, rom-coms, and the novel is a one step forward in rectifying that issue. In 2019, Amazon studios picked up the right to turn the book into a Hollywood film but there haven’t been any recent updates on the matter.
5. The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker
The Animators is a prime for Hollywood hit. Whitaker follows two women working in the male-dominated field of animation. The best friends are working on their first feature film, but slowly the tension builds and threatens their creative and personal relationship. The novel was optioned at the end of 2017 as a potential series but there were not many updates regarding it later.
6. The amazing adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
It is a masterpiece in which Michael Chabon weaves together an imaginative story full of comic book wonder and magic. Two cousins strive to dominate the comic book industry with the historical backdrop of Nazi-occupied Prague and America during the 1940s. Let’s see how much time will it take to set on the grounds.
7. The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
It is a stunning novel about an opera sensation with a mysterious past. When the female lead is presented with the operatic part of a lifetime that is full of details from her past, she tries to figure out who has revealed her secrets. On top of the romance and intrigue, there is a chance for gorgeous costumes and intricate sets that transforms the imagination of the reader throughout the novel.
8. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
The classic renaissance novel is tricky to adapt. Much of it takes place in the main character’s head, and it hops and skips through multiple set pieces. In 2017, Hulu shows its interest in adapting the book into a series, but there haven’t been any updates later.
9. All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr
The novel revolves around a dazzling couple to be, a blind French girl and a German boy connected by World War 2. While their lives are drastically different, they are drawn together unexpectedly. In 2019, Netflix reflected its interest in the book to transform it into a limited series, but there aren’t many updates about it.
10. The Mirror thief by Martin Seay
It would be lovely to have this story on the big cinema. It follows three interesting plotlines over several centuries in the US and Italy. They involve secret cults, inventions, automation, and gangs. The story is a mixture of ‘The Goldfinch’ crossed with ‘The Godfather’ with a dash of magic.
There are a lot of books that I was considering for the list of books, but adaptations of them have recently been announced. Pachinko and the Underground Railroad are among the few. Tell me your picks for books that should be movies!